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World Cup 2018: France Defeat Belgium To Reach Finals After 20-Year Wait

World Cup 2018: France Defeat Belgium To Reach Finals After 20-Year Wait

by | 11th July 2018
Samuel Umtiti celebrates his winning goal against Belgium with team mates

France defeated Belgium in the semi-final in St Petersburg on Tuesday night to reach the World Cup final.

 

Defender Samuel Umtiti‘s 51st-minute header from Antoine Griezmann‘s corner turned out the be the winning goal that sent France back to the finals.

 

Didier Deschamps‘ side were on the back foot for large periods of the game, but emerged victorious to reach their third final, having been beaten by Italy on penalties in 2006.

 

France will face England or Croatia in Moscow on Sunday as they look to life the trophy for the second time following their triumph on home soil in 1998.

 

Belgium came through the quarter-finals by impressively beating Brazil, but they were unable to find the equaliser, as Axel Witsel‘s powerful, long-range drive was pushed away by Hugo Lloris, who also brilliantly kept out Toby Alderweireld‘s turn and shot.

 

At the final whistle, the France substitutes ran on the pitch to celebrate with the players, while manager Deschamps was mobbed by his staff before dancing around in a circle.

 

England play Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow in the second semi-final on Wednesday with the winner booking their place in Sunday’s finals.